PDT Staff Writer
Lynn Brewer beamed as his son, Blake, pinned his new set of captain’s bars on his collar Wednesday afternoon during the swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the Portsmouth City Building.
“It’s pride,” Brewer said. “My son is quite an exceptional young man. He steps up and helps out at home all the time. He has been all over Facebook about showing his pride in me, which surprised me. I was very proud.”
Brewer became the newest captain on the Portsmouth Police Department last week when it was announced by the Civil Service Commission that he was the only member of the department to pass the captain’s exam. Brewer joins interim chief Robert Ware as the only captains on the force.
“It is a long term goal of mine to reach the administration of the Police Department, and I figured after 20 years service I had more to offer in teaching the new patrolmen and helping them to learn the ropes of protecting the city and doing their jobs,” Brewer said. “And I just believed it was time to move up.”
Brewer was, over the last several months, seen frequently with his study folders as he prepared for the 150 question test.
“I’m normally not a studier, but I wanted this position,” Brewer said. “I actually started studying about 10 months ago preparing myself for this, and I made my decision that I was going to move up.”
Brewer said he intends to hit the ground running.
“The challenge ahead of me is updating the education of our patrolmen,” Brewer said. “Obviously Chief Ware, directing the department, and I have to look forward to a bunch of new recruits coming onto the department with the vacancies we have. It’s going to be the matter of training them. You don’t start off knowing the job. You have to be taught it. So that will be our biggest challenge.”
In addition to his son, Brewer was the center of admiration from his three daughters who attended the swearing in which was performed by Portsmouth Mayor David Malone.
“I love my family,” Brewer said. “My family is always first in my life after God. And I love having my family here. It’s great. I wouldn’t want to do something like this without my family present.”
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